The Foreigner (2017)


Critic Consensus: The Foreigner adheres strictly to action thriller formula, but benefits from committed -- and out of character -- performances from its talented veteran stars.


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The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, is a timely action thriller from the director of Casino Royale. The film tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

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Pierce Brosnan
as Liam Hennessy
Ray Fearon
as Bromley
Rory Fleck-Byrne
as Sean Morrison
Stephen Hogan
as Christy Murphy
Michael McElhatton
as Jim Kavanagh
Simon Kunz
as Matthew Rice
Rufus Jones
as Ian Wood
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Critic Reviews for The Foreigner

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (23)

Martin Campbell directed this twisty, bracing political thriller, giving Chan room to display his dramatic ability and letting Brosnan flesh out a vigorous, complex character who's surrounded by frenemies with secrets of their own.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Chan is perfectly fine as a man who feels he has nothing to lose, but his hollowed-out gaze and Death Wish-style crusade can't compensate for how numbingly thin this all is, stringing together just enough plot to justify the eruptions of violence.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…
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It's well-made, nicely paced and accomplishes what we expect from this sort of film.

Oct 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Foreigner is a good, lean cut of meat-in other words, a typical Martin Campbell movie, expeditious and cold-blooded in its cross-cut, cloak-and-dagger plotting and violence.

Oct 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

I'm not sure anyone has plans to turn this into a franchise, but I certainly want to see more from this Chan-aissance.

Oct 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Chan ... remains a likeable everyman hero type that the audience roots as he navigates his world through a labyrinth of violence and betrayal.

Oct 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Foreigner

I didn't know that Jackie Chan is the main actor. The film has almost everything that I'd prefer to avoid.

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Jackie Chan just keeps fuckin' bringing it doesn't he? The serious tone of The Foreigner fits him well, but the role he plays seems oddly shoehorned in. I understand that the movie is in actual fact based on a novel called The Chinaman, which I assume unfolds more or less as the film does. But the Troubles-themed Political Drama makes up most of the runtime in The Foreigner, and the Action/Revenge Thriller element seems almost like at some point in pre-production the crew went "Holy shit, did you know we can put Jackie Chan in this? Quickly! Write him a role!". Although I'm sure that it's not the case, that is how it feels, and while the Action/Revenge Thriller element is the best part of the movie, its failure to mesh with the piece at large does bring it all down a bit. Still a worthwhile watch if you're a fan of the Chan.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


Martin Campbell directs and so, a pro effort from first to last. The script? Okay, so the script is a steal from The Taken series, but everything else, including the execution is the goods. Jackie Chan downplays his usual over-the-top schtick for a decent serious effort and Pierce Brosnan is solid as a politician trying to get things moving towards change. A thriller, yes, but a well done effort.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Though it was a very entertaining 2 hours there wasn't that much of a story.

Kameron Woodall
Kameron Woodall

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